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Beat Brew Hall, Cambridge, MA

Beat Brew Hall

3.7
3.7
35 Reviews
$30 and under
American
BEAT HALL (BEAT BREW HALL) is an American restaurant and bar with a honky-tonk attitude featuring craft food, drinks and live music in the heart of Harvard Square. Our chef-led kitchen, inspired by American artisanal fare, is friendly to carnivores and vegetarians alike, and complemented by craft cocktails, fine bourbons, beers and top-notch live music.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Beer Garden, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (617) 499-0001

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Our venue is a Beer Hall, Restaurant and Bar in the main level, and a party lounge (The No No room) with a bar, pool table, DJ booth, TVs, stage and more. Book your Private Buyout (up to 450 guests) or Non-Private Reserved Areas (20 – 200 guests) 7 Days a Week. Enjoy comfort foods, creative appetizers, craft beers, creative specialty cocktails, live music, a cool vibe, and other entertainment that our events team can help you secure. The entertainment possibilities are endless and we are here to assist you with all your planning needs. We are able to flip the Brew Hall space into almost any venue that suits your needs. We have hosted almost any event you can dream up from weddings to birthdays, to fine dining corporate parties. We look forward to entertaining your next event.

  • Neighborhood

    Harvard Square

  • Cross street

    Palmer Street

  • Parking details

    By Distance (Shortest 1st)Church Street Lot41 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138Harvard Square Parking (We Validate)65 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138University Place Garage (We Validate)45 University Rd, Cambridge, MA 02138Charles Square Garage1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138

  • Public transit

    Harvard Square T-Stop (via the MBTA Redline subway)Harvard Bus Tunnel 1 - Mass. Ave.66 - Allston & Brookline Village68 - Kendall/M.I.T. via Broadway69 - Lechmere Sta. via Cambridge St.71 - Mt. Auburn St.72 - Concord Ave.73 - Trapelo Road75 - Concord Ave.77 - Massachusetts Ave.78 - Park Circle96 - George St. & Davis Sq. Station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 35 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.5Ambience
  • 3.5Value

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  1. SG

    SarahG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Cute place. But yourself a Brew Hall with a very limited selection on tap is a misnomer. Beer Hall to me evokes lots of options, styles of beer etc. cute spot. But it’s not a Brew Hall.
  2. S

    Scoop

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food is good. Parking is always a hassle at Harvard Square. Talent that evening was not worth the trip.. they should do a better job of vetting their performers.
  3. CC

    ChowCats

    New England

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    A great place for a casual meal that doesn't burn a hole through your wallet. From the welcome on arrival to the waitstaff bringing our food and check, I can't say enough about what a friendly, positive experience we had. Close to the ART, have already recommended it to friends who are going to the ART soon.
  4. VK

    VictorK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was closed despite giving us a reservation!!
  5. BS

    BostonSouthEndGuy

    New England

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    I’ve been to this location about 10 times and every time the staff has been amazing, friendly, and quick. The beer list is incredible and kept rotating. Atmosphere is very loud but fun. The food continues to greatly disappoint, though. The prices are very high for the low quality ingredients. Portions are on the smaller side for the price. I’ve never had a good meal here. This owner also owns the Beehive, with similar prices but some of Boston’s best food. I’m not sure why the Beat Brew can’t reach that level for food.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Newcastle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Big shout out to Raphael who gave us excellent advice and service. Very friendly place: great food, fun bar games, great atmosphere.
  7. j

    jonathanu

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience , everything was on point, great beer selection! I will go back .....
  8. BS

    BostonSouthEndGuy

    New England

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The staff is always very friendly and moderately attentive - Beer list is outstanding. Food is some of the worst, ordered a med rare ($19) burger and it came out very well done, poor quality meat, small portions for price, soggy fries, tiny tacos. Have been several times and will never be back for food, drinks yes. So incredibly disappointing considering the other restaurants this owner has, Beehive, is some of the best food in Boston.
  9. EM

    EthanM

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I recommend the artichoke mushroom flatbread pizza. 👍
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall2food5service4ambience2
    Too loud for us!
  11. DD

    DiningDiva

    New England

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was a fun way to start an evening that included seeing Gloria: A Life at A.R.T.
  12. LF

    LolitaFontaine

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Too loud and food WAY too expensive. $16 for French fries? Nope nope nope
  13. D

    Doreenc

    New England

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was so noisy that two of our party left immediately. Then we couldn't hear the waiter. Also the beer selection was not that great and very pricey. No dark beer to speak of in winter? Only 3 to choose from for pitchers? We ended up leaving. A brew hall should actually have lots of brews to choose from and affordable food and you should be able to talk to your friends.
  14. EO

    EatOutALot

    New England

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I'm not young, so when I stepped in here and saw what appeared to be a beer hall filled with college kids, my expectation for the cuisine was cautious. I must say that they surprise me with amazing and authentic Mexican cuisine. My wife and I loved it and will go back again. I might even have a beer.
  15. KB

    KelseyB

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Upscale prices, shack atmosphere and ok food. Waitress seemed unhappy
  16. FE

    FoodEssence

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    It's noisy in there, but that's to be expected, and the décor is informal. The food choices are limited and I was disappointed with the food quality. Service was OK. It's more like a pub/bar. I like the old Beat Hotel better.
  17. R

    Rhonda

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Eli was extremely professional - everything was delicious and he had great drink and food recommendations! He did a great job handling our party of 10!
  18. n

    nataliel

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Overpriced, divey-chic shouldn't be a thing. A flight of 4 beers was ~$24. A small flatbread was $18 + tasted like frozen pizza. It's like they went through a checklist of essential hipster things when designing. I would not recommend for any occasion.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    The server didn’t seem to know the restaurant but didn’t mention she was new. It took an hour to get a beer...at a beer hall. Our food had already arrived and the sides came long after the main courses were eaten. Then we were overcharged. The food was delicious but the portioned were extremely small and expensive even for Cambridge. I was hoping for a new go to but this won’t be it.
  20. S

    Scott

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to Beet Brew Hall for many occasions, but this was my first time going there for their brunch. It was awesome! It is all a Tex-Mex theme, and the burrito that I had was delicious and the guacamole tasted better than many of the area's Mexican restaurants. It wasn't terribly crowded on a Sat. afternoon, and this will now be my go to brunch spot!
  21. j

    joen

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were fantastic. The number of beer choices is incredible. I had the chili burger and fries. To die for!!
  22. M

    Michelle

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved my visit to Beat Brew Hall! The beer selection was through the roof (as you'd expect with any beer hall) with a wide variety of different styles of beer, some that you can't even find at other bars! The food was delicious - I'd highly recommend the tacos and the fried chicken. Service was quick and friendly. 11/10 would recommend + will definitely be coming back soon for their live music.
  23. e

    eeats

    New England

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The staff at Beat Brew Hall were all great, nice and friendly. The food wasn't good. Maybe it was an off night for the kitchen? The atmosphere is fun and lively and so maybe a better place to just go for a drink!
  24. p

    peterp

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Casual, relaxed, low stress ambiance. Attentive and pleasant staff. Food was very good if you like mexican
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have to say this place impressed my friend and I. The beer selection was quite unique and interesting. They definitely have something to please every beer drinker. Our server was well versed in making sure we understood what we were ordering. The food and beer pairings were excellent. As for the food, the fried chicken is a home run. The vibe was upbeat and energetic. We will be back to try more of their beer list.
  26. JF

    JillF

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is our second committee get together at Beat Brew Hall. The tables are arranged so that it is very easy to talk with everyone there - we had 8 people - without getting out of your seat. The beer selection is great and there are really good table sharing options. I recommend it!
  27. ZI

    ZachIsGod

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot in Cambridge. Easy to find with a nice big sign. Service was great and staff explained the menu well. The staff even changed one of the TV's to the football game we were looking for. Taco's, truffle fries, and the everything pretzel was awesome. Would definitely come again.
  28. IV

    IndianaV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We loved this place, good food, excellent service. Good ambiance
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent experience. Food, drinks and service were great.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the vibe, the food, and the drinks. The everything spiced pretzel was amazing, and the green chile cheeseburger was bomb. Top it off with the Ricky Boogy - one of their frozen drinks - and you’re in for a good night.
  31. CC

    ColtonC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dining experience at Beat Brew Hall!! From the beer to the food to the service everything was outstanding! Definitely worth a trip to Harvard Square, it’s a party!
  32. BL

    BettyL

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the Thanksgiving. Nice food choice for meat eaters and vegetarians. Really high quality gypsy jazz music was fun and the drinks were goid.
  33. ED

    EDWARDW

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Went on quiet Sunday night and sat at bar so probably did not get real sense of it. The food was delicious. Not a huge fan of the hall-style decor. But can’t say I didn’t know that’s what it was.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never seen so many beers in one place, great selection! Sara, our server was very attentive, a mind reader (this coming from a very picky person). Loved the duck confit sliders and my partner went nuts about the burger, wow, that's a "Must Try"! Nice choice of music. Too bad we had to catch a movie and didnt have time, but we will definitely be back, and this time we WILL order the "tres leches" and stay around for the live music. Thank you Sara and Beat
  35. WM

    WileyM

    New England

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Waitress forgot one drink. No big deal. No salmon available. Bigger deal. Tacos so delicious but so overpriced.

FAQs

Beat Brew Hall offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 499-0001.

Beat Brew Hall is rated 3.7 stars by 35 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Beat Brew Hall

13 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Palmer Street

  • Neighborhood

    Harvard Square

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Beer Garden, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    By Distance (Shortest 1st)Church Street Lot41 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138Harvard Square Parking (We Validate)65 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138University Place Garage (We Validate)45 University Rd, Cambridge, MA 02138Charles Square Garage1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138

  • Public transit

    Harvard Square T-Stop (via the MBTA Redline subway)Harvard Bus Tunnel 1 - Mass. Ave.66 - Allston & Brookline Village68 - Kendall/M.I.T. via Broadway69 - Lechmere Sta. via Cambridge St.71 - Mt. Auburn St.72 - Concord Ave.73 - Trapelo Road75 - Concord Ave.77 - Massachusetts Ave.78 - Park Circle96 - George St. & Davis Sq. Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 499-0001

  • Private party facilities

    Our venue is a Beer Hall, Restaurant and Bar in the main level, and a party lounge (The No No room) with a bar, pool table, DJ booth, TVs, stage and more. Book your Private Buyout (up to 450 guests) or Non-Private Reserved Areas (20 – 200 guests) 7 Days a Week. Enjoy comfort foods, creative appetizers, craft beers, creative specialty cocktails, live music, a cool vibe, and other entertainment that our events team can help you secure. The entertainment possibilities are endless and we are here to assist you with all your planning needs. We are able to flip the Brew Hall space into almost any venue that suits your needs. We have hosted almost any event you can dream up from weddings to birthdays, to fine dining corporate parties. We look forward to entertaining your next event.

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